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The Music God’s Best of 2016 Hard Rock Top 30

So, here it is, the FINAL LIST! It’s the granddaddy of them all, The Hard Rock Top 30. I started doing this list almost 7 years ago with a Top 10 and now here we are having expanded!

This list flip flopped a bunch the last week or so, with some late editions coming in that knocked a couple of others off the list. Overall, it was an amazing year for Hard rock and it was extremely hard to choose the final list. There’s still a bunch of other artists that could have easily been here given it being just a bit weaker of a year. I almost could of easily done a Top 50 without much thought.

As always, thoughts/remarks/comments can be left here or emailed to: riotonthesetmedia@gmail.com

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The Music God’s Best of 2016 The ep’s Top 10

And the countdown’s continue! This time it’s with list #3, The ep’s. Now, on a normal year, this would even be a category that I’d do as I don’t get that many of these. As the business model of the music industry continues to change, more and more artists are going to this format. It’s much more cost effective and the band can focus on writing a few really GREAT songs as opposed to a whole record that might not have the same impact.

The criteria for these was anything that was LESS than 8 songs was considered an e.p. and added to this list instead of the other long form lists. So, with that in mind…

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The Music God’s Best of 2015: Hard Rock Top 20

So, we’ve counted them all down san this one, the Grand Daddy of them all! Five years ago, I started these lists with ONE list, a top 10 list that combined both the Hard Rock and Metal stuff. It was a debacle to say the least. I’ve streamlined the process since then and expanded it to include more lists as to give some breathing room.

At the end of the day though, this is the one that started them all. This has been a VERY busy year in the hard rock world and it took me a good week or more to put the initial list of “potentials” together. That list started with 40 or so names. I then parred that down to 20 names and 5 honorable mentions.

Let’s start with the Honorable Mentions:

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The Music God’s Best of 2015 Modern Rock Top 20

Well, here we are at list #5. It’s time to count down the Top 20 Modern Rock CD’s of the year 2015. I know that most people don’t really use the term Modern Rock that much, but I do. I use it for those bands that are heavy…but not necessarily in the metal or hard rock vein.

There’s a whole host of bands that fall into the category, in my opinion. I think it’s a term that should be used much more instead of some of the other more silly and lazy terms thrown around like post-hardcore, stoner rock, math rock, etc. What the hell IS math rock, anyhow? Did The Count from Sesame Street suddenly form a rock band?

Anyhow, let’s get to it.

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BEST of 2014: Hard Rock TOP 20

It’s now time to drop the Best of 2014 lists for Metal, Hard Rock, and Modern Rock. All three lists will be added tonight.

For now though, let’s give you the Best of 2014 TOP 20 Hard Rock releases. These are the 20 CD’s that not only received critical acclaim from critics and fans, but also spent the most time on my music player and radio show. These are all records that I not only loved the most but received a high number of requests for as well.

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